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Taiwan: first confirmed case of Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in Sanmin District of Kaohsiung City

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  • Taiwan: first confirmed case of Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever in Sanmin District of Kaohsiung City

    The CDC announced today (12th) that this year the first confirmed case of Hanta virus hemorrhagic fever in Sanmin District of Kaohsiung City. This 60-year-old woman from Bohuili, Sanmin District, worked in a street vendor and began to experience headaches on December 25 last year. Symptoms such as generalized body soreness, joint pain, and back pain. Although he later sought medical treatment, the symptoms did not alleviate. After treatment, he recovered and was discharged from hospital on January 8. The Bureau of Health expects that the epidemic will continue to be monitored until April 2.
    The Health Bureau pointed out that the case started to be uncomfortable on December 25 last year. On December 28, symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea appeared. He went to the hospital to diagnose a urinary tract infection and was admitted to the hospital. However, the symptoms did not ease. On the 31st, breathing asthma problems occurred.

    The Health Bureau said that the case was notified of "Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever" on January 3 this year. After treatment, he was discharged from the hospital on January 8. After preliminary investigation of the epidemic, the family members did not have any suspected symptoms, but targeted the community. The contact expanded blood collection for testing. It was found that a female 50-year-old colleague in the indicator case worked. Although there were no obvious symptoms, the blood test was positive for IgM antibodies as a highly suspected case. It is expected that the second collection will be performed on January 15. To confirm.

    In response to the outbreak of Bohanta virus hemorrhagic fever, the health unit conducted an epidemic investigation and found that there were many snack vendors around the work site of the case. One mouse was captured at the work site, and this area was initially judged to be the tipping point of the outbreak.